Liberty of London Design Talk


Who doesn’t love Liberty?????

We are VERY VERY excited to announce a special event for those of you who are coming to the Fat Quarterly Retreat and will be in London on Friday morning.

At 11 am the Designers of the Lifestyle collection at Liberty will be giving a talk about Liberty, the design Studio and the Stile collection. Anna, the archivist will also give you an insight into the archival process and how prints from the Archive were adjusted to fit the Stile collection.

Places are limited so just leave a comment below to say if you would like to come and we will randomly pick the lucky participants!


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Design Challenge – Contributors

Do you fancy taking part in our Design Challenges?

We are looking for people to take part in a challenge using Collage by for Windham fabrics. The deadline for the contribution is the end of June.

If you’re interested email us at submissions@fatquarterly.com.

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Sign Up for Retreat Classes Now!

Now that all the class information has been posted we will be sending out emails to all retreat participants with a link to sign up to the classes of your choice.

Class sign up is not done on a first come first served basis. We try and consider everybody’s preferences when time tabling classes to try and accomodate as many first picks as possible. That being said we will give preference to those bringing their own machines for all the 3 hour workshops that require sewing machines.

Just in case you have forgotten, these are the classes on offer this year at the retreat:

3 Hour Workshops
Improv – Lucie Summers
Precision Piecing – lynne Goldsworthy
Portholes – Lucie Summers
Embroidery – John Adams
Spring Carnival EPP Pillow – Katy Jones
Cathedral Windows – Brioni Greenberg
Photography – Judith Dahmen
x&+ Flexi Frame Purse – Tacha Bruecher
Read Between the Lines PP block – Julianna Gasiorowska and Joanna Wilczynska
PJ Pants – Kerry Green
Free Motion Quilting – Trudi Wood
Crochet Flower Pillow – Laura Taylor

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Table Top Sessions
Triangle City EPP – Katy Jones
Curved EPP – Julianna Gasiorowska and Joanna Wilczynska
Carving Rubber Stamps – Tacha Bruecher
Photography – Judith Dahmen
Trapunto – Ruth Singer
Hand Quilting – Lucie Summers
Creating a Blog – John Adams
Bag Charm – Brioni Greenberg
Touchdraw – Lynne Goldsworthy
Needleturn Applique – Mandy Noble
Hand quilting – Mandy Noble
Granny Squares Crochet – Laura Taylor
Free Motion Quilting Design – Trudi Wood
Fantasy Fabric Shop – Kerry Green

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Retreat Classes – Julianna and Joanna

Joanna Joanna Wilczynska

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Julianna Julianna Gasiorowska

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Sewing Curves in English Paper Piecing by Joanna Wilczynska and Julianna Gasiorowska (Table Top session)

During classes you will learn ‘Stitch by Stitch’ method of sewing curves in EPP. No glue, no ironing, no cutting the fabrics on curves! Only you, fabrics, paper templates, thread, needle and pins (you will need scissors only to cut thread). Our classes allow to sew one block measuring approx. 11″ x 11″


“Read between the lines” Paper Piecing Block by Joanna Wilczynska and Julianna Gasiorowska (3 hour Workshop with machines)

During classes you will learn not only how to paper piece but also get to know some paper piecing tricks. You can piece one block measuring 12″ x 12″ or 16″ x 16″ finished (12 1/2″x 12 1/2″ and 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ unfinished, respectively). It’s your choice which block size you want to sew – larger block is at confident beginner level (there are many small pieces to sew) and the smaller block is aimed at intermediate + beyond.

read between the lines block

Retreat Classes – Mandy Noble

Mandy Mandy Noble

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Hand Quilting by Mandy Noble (Table Top session)

In this class we will look at the following techniques:

Burying your knots – burying your threads at the start and end of your stitching

Stitch in Ditch – simple running stitch along the seam do not use a back stitch. A popular technique is to quilt 1/4″ from the seam line which avoids extra bulk of the seam allowance. An invisible thread can be used or floss to make a feature of the stitiching.

Using a template – using chalk, an erasable pen such as frixion (removed by ironing or a warm wash) or an air drying pen (which disappears when the ink has dried).

Kantha – entire cloth is covered with running stitches, works particularly well with appliqué where the appliqués object is outlined and the remaining are filled with Kantha


Needleturn Appliqué by Mandy Noble (Table Top session)

The word “appliqué” is derived from the French verb “appliquer,” meaning “to put on.” It refers to a textile craft in which one piece of fabric is sewn over another for a decorative effect.

In the context of sewing, an appliqué refers to a needlework technique in which pieces of fabric are sewn onto another piece of fabric to create designs, patterns or pictures. Applied pieces usually have their edges folded under, and are then attached by straight stitch, blind stitch, or reverse appliqué where two layers of material are stitched together, part of the upper layer is cut away, and the edges are stitched down.


Retreat Classes – Katy Jones

Katy Katy Jones

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English Paper Pieced Spring Carnival Pillow (3 hour Workshop without machines)

In this class you will learn the basics of English paper piecing. It’s an ideal class for anyone that hasn’t used this method previously. Cutting fabrics, basting, and piecing will be covered in this class.

Whilst you will not finish the piece in the allotted time, you will leave with the fabrics and paper pieces to confidently finish at home.

spring carnival

English Paper Pieced Triangle City (Table top session)

For this class you should already have a basic knowledge of English paper piecing. The absolute basics will be covered but only briefly.

We will baste and begin to piece the triangle city block. You will not finish the block in the class, but will leave with the ability to finish and appliqué the block into the background fabric. Paper pieces will be provided to complete one block.

During the class we will discuss different uses of colour value and how to alter the overall look of the block using value.

Triangle City

Retreat Classes – Ruth Singer

Ruth Ruth Singer

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Trapunto by Ruth Singer (Table Top session)

Trapunto or Italian quilting is a fast, fun technique for creating raised texture on fabric. Unlike traditional quilting, in trapunto, the stuffing is added between two stitched layers of fabric just in the areas required. Trapunto can be worked by hand or machine, but in this class we will use simple hand-stitching techniques to create a small sampler. This workshop is suitable for all levels of stitchers and is an introduction trapunto for those who have never done it before.


Retreat Classes – Tacha Bruecher

Tacha Tacha Bruecher

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+ & x Block Flexi Frame Pouch (3 hour Workshop)

Flexi frames are so useful – just perfect for making cases for sunglasses, mobile phones, ipods… But they can look a little daunting. In actual fact they are super easy to use in your projects.

Bring along scraps of your favourite fabrics and we’ll whip together a couple of miniature + & x blocks and turn them into a fabulous flexi frame pouch.


How to Carve Eraser Stamps (Table top session)

Projects really come alive when you add little details to them such as letters, words or little motifs. If you have ever searched high and low to find a scrap of fabric with something specific printed on it then this session is for you. Instead of getting frustrated that there is no fabric with precisely the motif you are looking for why not carve your own rubber stamp and print the motif yourself. Carving erasers is much easier than it looks and you don’t need any fancy equipment to get started.

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